(WMC) – MEMPHIS, Tenn. Tamia Taylor, 21, has been missing for a week now, and no one knows where she is. Her family and local officials are still trying to figure out what happened to her.
Tamia’s mother, Debra Taylor, said, “The last week has been painful.”
Tamia, who was from Hernando, Mississippi, was last seen in Downtown Memphis, where she had gone on a Memphis Riverboats cruise at midnight and never came back.
At the last time we heard, Memphis cops were searching hard and trying everything they could think of.
The 21-year-old’s mother, Debra Taylor, said that she was worried and confused about where her daughter was. She stressed, though, that getting Tamia home is still her main goal, and that she thinks law enforcement is working hard to reach that goal.
“They have been doing what it takes to get the job done. Every day, they have been working. It’s a process, and I really think they’re trying their best to help. “Let’s take Tamia home,” Debra said.
The Dock Ellis Foundation has joined the search to find Tamia. This national group helps people in minority communities whose loved ones have gone missing, been killed, or have been sex-trafficked. The CEO of the group, Jasmine Ellis, said that they have helped with more than 100 cases like Tamia’s.
“This missing person case is getting a lot of attention because of her,” said CEO Jasmine Ellis. “We called a couple of search-and-rescue teams that were nearby. In that case, we ask them to stand by, so that if the police search slows down, we can help pick it up.
The Memphis police started looking for Tamia after her mother reported her missing after she didn’t answer her calls or texts after a Midnight Booze Cruise put on by Memphis Riverboats. A coworker told Debra Taylor at first that they had gone to Memphis, but Tamia never got on the trip.
After more questions, it turned out that Tamia did get on the barge, but she never got off. A friend who was with her that night confirmed that at one point, Tamia went to the bathroom alone and never came back.
Tamia Taylor is about “5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. The last time she was seen, she was wearing a black” jacket, a brown shirt, white shorts, orange socks, and white shoes.
The U.S. Coast Guard is also helping to look for them.
Tamia’s family and friends still want to know what happened.
Debra said, “We just have to stay humble, keep praying, and know that God is in charge of everything.”
Police in Memphis want anyone who was on the Midnight Booze Cruise on September 9 to get in touch with them. As the search for Tamia Taylor continues, future plans for the Midnight Booze Cruise have been taken off the Memphis Riverboats website.